The Roving Ranger truck serves as a visitor contact and information center both within our national parks and outside the park in local communities. Since joining the Golden Gate National Recreation Area family in 2013, the Roving Ranger has attended hundreds of community events, welcomed thousands of visitors to our national parks, helped recruit academic interns on college campuses, and has even become a staple in several annual parades.
National Park Service, Parks Conservancy, and Presidio Trust employees staff the vehicle to provide information about park sites, topics of interest, park events, and volunteer opportunities. In addition to being a mobile visitor center, the truck is utilized for a wide range of purposes, including greeting volunteers and attendees at events, enhancing students' experiences at the Crissy Field Center, conducting visitor surveys in the parks, and supporting programs like Healthy Parks Healthy People.
BASE Landscape Architects, located in Berkeley, California, retrofitted the used truck to include a walk-up window, work space, mini-library, sound system, and storage and display areas. Once used as a delivery truck, the Roving Ranger was transformed using salvaged materials from the park to build all the interior fixtures and provide an opportunity for visitors to learn more about park resources.
Keep your eyes open for the Roving Ranger during your next park visit!
If you are interested in learning more about how the Roving Ranger can make a visit to your community, e-mail Jane Marie Gunn at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Martha Cerda at email@example.com.